We are the creatures of imagination, passion, and self- will, more than of reason or even of self-interest.... Even in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by whim, caprice, prejudice, or accident. The falling of a teacup puts us out of temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of a gown may end only with our lives.
William Hazlitt (1778–1830), British essayist. repr. in Collected Works, vol. 11, eds. A.R. Waller and Arnold Glover (1904). "On the Predominant Principles and Excitements in the Human Mind," Examiner (London, Feb. 26, 1815).